Wednesday 14 November 2018

Six recent reads | nov18

Honestly, I can't stop reading lately - when I go to bed and when I'm on the train and when I'm in the bath. I've really rediscovered my love for reading and I'm thrilled with that, so here's another recent reads post filled with some pretty interesting books...

The Party by Elizabeth Day is honestly wonderful; it's full of posh characters, which I liked because I find rich/upper-class people to be so fascinating. It's a really interesting tale about the fine line between friendship and romance, laid out through the plot of something going wrong at a big fancy party. It's told through a police interview, through flashbacks and through one of the character's notebooks. It's a brilliant read and I loved it! click here to buy

I received some book mail (the best kind of mail) from Avon Books recently, and 99 Red Balloons* by Elisabeth Carpenter was one of them. It's about a little girl that goes missing, and how it starts to unravel some family secrets - the story is told from a few different perspectives, which I think works especially well in psychological thrillers. I properly thought I'd guessed the twist, too, only to be completely sucker-punched towards the end. Just brilliant. click here to buy

A few weeks back I went away for a couple of days and finished my current read midway through the trip, so I had to nip into The Works and grab a new book. I went for I Know You by Annabel Kantaria which is quite a recent release, and actually pretty good. It's about a woman who moves to Croydon and wants to make some new pals, but it all goes a bit tits up and there's some social media stalking going on, only you never really know who the stalker is and it's all a bit weird. I felt like the ending was a bit rushed but other than that I enjoyed it a lot! click here to buy

Hush Hush* by Mel Sherratt was another I received from Avon, and I was really looking forward to reading it. In all honesty I found it a bit 'meh' - the storyline seemed to drag on and then suddenly get wrapped up, and while it was a *good* storyline I did get confused at points. But I saw there's another book in the series coming out next year and I am looking forward to reading it, so it must have done something right! click here to buy for only 99p

Sister Sister by Sue Fortin was a weird one for me. I got it in a recent order from The Works, and it sounded so intriguing – I wasn’t wrong, it’s a brilliant storyline and I was blown away by the twist. However, it was so badly written that I almost gave up. I’m glad I didn’t give up, I really am, I just wish it had been edited or proofread properly. The book was littered with spelling mistakes, characters given the wrong name in parts, grammatical errors and a different name spelling in the blurb to the actual story. It just seemed rushed and careless, and I hate that. Obviously no author is perfect but that’s WHY editors and proofreaders and first readers exist. It was such a great story that the mistakes were even more obvious, and felt like an even bigger let down. click to buy for only 99p

I really enjoyed Where The Missing Go by Emma Rowley which tells the story of a missing daughter calling a helpline for missing people, and by chance her mum, now a volunteer for the helpline, answering the call. This sets off a series of events as Kate tries to find her beloved daughter Sophie – it’s a bit of a whirlwind but as a story it’s great. It might not be one that sticks in my mind forever, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and will definitely check out more of Emma's books if I see them! click here to buy

Keep your eyes peeled for some more recent reads - I've been sent a lot of books from some lovely publishing PRs recently so there should be another of these posts coming up soon!

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